For 291 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Paula Nechak's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Endurance
Lowest review score: 0 Held Up
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 291
291 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    Shakespeare's comical, all-too-human tale of lust, foreplay and wordplay is buried beneath bad taste.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Gorgeous re-creation of another time.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    The film is inherently calculated and cold, so smugly satisfied with itself and its surprise final trick that it seems to be running its own con to convince us the script's house of cards is actually substantial, original and slick.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The film is so well acted -- by Byrne, who makes Harry's internalized agonies and continuously carried torch for his ex-wife touching, and by Watson and Hoult -- that its more cloying moments, including a staged version of the musical "Camelot" (which is too long), are a moot point.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Swicord has enough savvy to conjure up a terrific cast that compensates for her rote direction.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It works because it never tries to be more than the very personal memory piece it is.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    There's something flat and obscure about this well-acted stalker movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Though Signs & Wonders loses its bubbles and runs flat in its anticlimactic final moments, it's far more inventive and demanding than any movie of recent memory.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    The result is a movie that washes down without much thinking or introspection, provides some laughs and a tear or two, and dishes up a little something to mull over with its messages about friendship and loyalty in the face of naked ambition.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Lacks the cohesive flow of "Fantasia" and suffers from an attention deficit that seems to mark and flaw our current fast-paced technological era.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Writer and first-time director Thomas Bezucha certainly knows how to create warmth, ambience and situation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Call it "E.T." for a new generation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Jordan unites his favorite actors -- Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea, Ian Hart and Brendan Gleeson -- with the swoony presence of the talented 29-year-old Cillian Murphy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    There's something essential and emotional missing in this character-driven piece. It's more an admirably performed and observed study -- of a time, place and three very different people -- than it is the heartbreaking and engrossing story it could have been.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    A difficult movie. Its obvious, heavy symbolism, glaring soundtrack and top-heavy themes threaten to make it implode, but it's saved by its performances.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    While adults may feel out of their league, there are a few jokes that will appeal to them.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    (Fiennes's) Onegin is clueless to anything other than the sensual world, and is finally more repellent than sympathetic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Outside of its star power, it reeks of indie film and doesn't hold much mainstream steam.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Pape Sidy Niang is terrific as the cop, Z, who is viewing America through a new immigrant's eyes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    It's the script -- by director Mark Fergus (who also wrote the adapted script for "Children of Men") and Hawk Ostby -- that lets everyone down.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Though Wood is the star, it's Hutz who is the indelible presence.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    While Gainsbourg and Stamp are charming, Attal's husband is difficult to like, to say the least. Must a woman as gracious and intelligent as Charlotte really settle for domesticity with such a near-abusive boor?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's a funny, insightful film whose feminist undertones don't overwhelm the story and characters.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    An edgy comedy with heart.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    Gorgeous in its gore and, for all its destruction, despair and death, concludes on an optimistic and vibrantly alive note.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    This sci-fi film noir craves a passionate center, an intoxicating core or some pulse that makes us want to keep taking that first step into dark waters, but it leaves us drowning in its quiet tedium instead.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    In some ways it suffers from the same unredemptive afflictions as Elwood and his gang: It's a bit flaccid and flabby and lumbers gracelessly along without self awareness or humanity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    If you can forgive some plot artifice and gloss, there's a seductively intuitive and resonant theme resting at the core of Jeremy Podeswa's haunting new film.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    What Jeffs -- and Paltrow -- do capture is the shroud of tragedy that hovered over Plath.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    The film ultimately has no contrast and we can't figure out whom to like or dislike.

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